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Michael Jacobson

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

Michael Jacobson

Michael Jacobson helps clients solve complex cross-border problems. As a member of the firm's International Trade and Investment and International Arbitration practice groups, Michael assists clients with a range of high-stakes matters involving treaty-based claims and trade and investment policy solutions under the rules and protections of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), and Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs).

Michael has experience litigating before the WTO, international tribunals, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Court of International Trade. Michael also provides advice in the areas of trade remedies, economic sanctions, export controls, customs, and CFIUS. Michael advises companies across diverse economic sectors, including e-commerce, energy, financial services, medical devices, steel, telecommunications, mining, and agriculture.

Michael is an adjunct faculty member at the American University Washington College of Law, where he teaches a course on current issues in international trade and investment law and policy.

While in law school, Michael was a legal intern at the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Office of Services and Investment, where he assisted USTR in developing positions for major trade and investment agreements. Michael served as president of the Harvard Law School moot court board. Michael founded, captained, and coached Harvard Law School's ELSA WTO moot court team, winning best oralist at the North America and Final International Rounds. He was also a member of Harvard Law School's Willem C. Vis international commercial arbitration moot court team, winning awards for oral argument and brief writing.

Prior to law school, Michael was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he supported the U.S. Department of Commerce in administering a major federal grants program.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2013
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Honors in Economics, Georgetown University, 2009

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
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